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Published February 24th 2013
A zone full of good times
Move over Disneyland, because there's a new "Happiest place on Earth", and it's right here in Newcastle!
Timezone is situated on the west end of the 2nd floor of Charlestown Square and plays host to a variety of Australia's most entertaining arcade games. Patrons are given a card that they can load with as much money as they like, which they simply swipe at a game before playing. Games range from $1 to around $3, depending on their relative awesomeness.
While helmets are not mandatory or even provided, I suggest you take your own because from the second you enter the store you will whipped into a frenzy of excitement and bewilderment as you run wildly from game to game, only stopping momentarily to top up your game credits, and head clashes are bound to occur.
The view from directly outside the store, as seen by envious onlookers.
Timezone (which I assume got its name from the sensation one feels when inside the store, wherin time outside the store seems to cease and can result in individuals gaming for upwards of 48 hours) is the perfect place to impress your special someone.
For the athletic high school jock, Dino Bomb Street Ball allows for the demonstration of physical and sporting prowess through the exciting medium of repetitively throwing a rubber ball through a steel ring (I know what you're thinking, and yes, it is as thrilling as it sounds!).
Nerdy gamers are also given the chance to impress their pasty lovers. House of the Dead 4 is a thrilling zombie shoot-em-up, that gives chivalrous gamers a chance to save their partners from having their brains eaten by the unfriendly undead.
And as if all this wasn't enough, players are awarded a number of "tickets" after each game which can be traded in for prizes! 10 tickets can earn amateur players a small rubber dinosaur, where as professionals who earn 800 tickets can become the proud new owner of their very own lava lamp! Or 80 small rubber dinosaurs!
Timezone is a place where one can forget about the trials and tribulations of their mundane lives and become masters of their own domains. Where else in the world can you be hunting moose in the Canadian rockies one minute, then be rocking out some Metallica on stage to thousands of adoring fans Guitar Hero style the next?
I give Timezone 4/5 stars and will definitely be making a return visit.